‘When Love Speaks’ 13th Jan 7pm – 10pm

screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-15-47-36Arts in the Tawe Valley are delighted to have a new exhibition on the 13th January to the 25th February. At the beautiful Oriel Lliw in the Pontardawe arts centre. The launch evening is 7pm – 10pm. Why not join us for a glass of wine and enjoy the art on display. The exhibition is all about Love. ♥

All are welcome and please bring friends and help support your local artists and the Pontardawe Art Centre.
We look forward to seeing you there.

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‘When Love Speaks’ Exhibition Jan – Feb 17

whenlovespeaksOur next Members exhibition will be running from 13th January to the 25th of February. Within these dates we have St Dwynwens day (January 25th) and St Valentines day (14th February). With that in mind we are asking Members for submissions for an exhibition entitled ‘When Love Speaks’, which will be held in the main gallery room.

If you are a Member of Arts in the Tawe Valley you can to submit up to four pieces of work for our consideration. We look forward to seeing some fantastic responses to this theme.

Download the application document here >>

Please ensure that you have read the form throughly before completing it. Please complete the document digitally without altering the format including the font as this saves us a huge amount of time when it comes to completing the paperwork this end. Please also ensure that you label your image files as requested so that they can be identified by the curators.

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Open Evening Oriel Lliw Fri 25th Nov 2016

Arts in the Tawe Valley (Aittv) are delighted to announce the re-launch of the Oriel Lliw gallery in the Pontardawe Art Centre. We would love it if you are able to attend the Oriel Lliw opening evening on Friday 25th November 7pm – 10pm.

Our Christmas show will be a showcase of art, including painting, glasswork, drawing, photography and more. So please come along, have a glass of wine and relax, enjoying the wealth of art the local community has to offer.

The exhibition will be running from 26th November to the 4th January, a perfect place to find a unique gift for Christmas!

Please feel free to bring a guest or three. We hope you’re able to attend and look forward to seeing you there.

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What does this Artist do all day?

By Paul Steer

I am a spaulsteeroaklow burner when it come to making my frescoes.
A lot of my time (when not working as a nurse) is spent connecting with the natural world, the world outside our boxes – both physical and mental.
I am making a garden which I believe is as much an artwork as my paintings. It also is a slow process and one which is in a constant state of flux. You see I believe we have a spiritual side to our lives – and we need to be able to stop and hear what that ‘spirit’ is saying. Perhaps I am too deep !?

There is a lot of looking and listening as preparation for a piece of work. Sometimes I go into my small studio and pour plaster on to glass sheets in a random way. The plaster dries and I lift it and allow it to sit on the table or against the window sill until an image forms in my mind – a response to a place, a walk, a journey, a conversation. I use photography, sketches and my journal as a resource.

paulsteer2When I make a painting I like to listen to music – usually choral or piano – sometimes orchestral or world or jazz.
I want to say that I am a working class man who’s eyes have been opened to another world beyond the ordinary.
Sometimes I complete a painting in a day – but more often it takes weeks or even longer. I have just re-worked a fresco painted 2 years ago. I like to have them in my studio for a while because that way I can see it in different light and often see its faults.
Writing has always been a part of my ‘Fine Art’ journey. I have begun to write poetry again – and some of these appear on the paintings.
So a day in the studio would consist of listening to music – casting plaster randomly and sometimes into frames. Drawing into drying plaster pieces. Lots of coffee. A break working in the garden and taking dog for walk. Reading my journal relating to the paintings I am making and rfering to sketches and photographs. Leaving a piece and coming back at a later date – perhaps scraping back the pigment and re- working, building layers.
I suppose I see life as a story – an unfolding journey – that is how I approach my painting.

Paul

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Arts in the Tawe Valley

Arts in the Tawe Valley was set up in 2015 by a group of artists based in the upper Swansea valley to promote artists and make this area a place of artistic excellence to encourage visitors and buyers. During the first year and a successful first Arts Week, we currently have over 40 members and many of us are surprised by the number of artists working in such a small location. By bringing artists together we not only encourage networking, cooperative promotion and affordable gallery space, but also to combat the isolation of working on our own.

Please explore our website and to find more local talent.

 

 

Arts Week ’17

This year’s Arts Week will take place from 23rd June – 2nd July and will give members the opportunity to open their studio, take part in our annual AitTV exhibition in Oriel Lliw Gallery, put on their own exhibition or run workshops and be a part of this exciting week.

Members who wish to be involved please email Jane Carpenter at aittv@hotmail.com. There is no charge for this as it is part of the membership.

We look forward to another successful week where we can showcase the talent in our area and give people a chance to connect with to artists and creatives.

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Other Venues

There are many gallery spaces in the Tawe Valley where you can find quality works of art. Please follow the links below to find out what’s on at each venue.

Oriel Lliw Gallery
Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe
Herbert St, Pontardawe, Swansea SA8
01792 863722  oriellliw@gmail.com

 

Pantyffynnon Road
Ystradgynlais SA9
01639 415885

 

2 Bryn Rd, Cwmllynfell, Swansea SA9 2FJ
01639 830920  mark@blackmountaingallery.com

 

 

 

Cafe ChameleonCafe Chameleon
Heol Glantawe, Ystradgynlais SA9
01639841395/07403001281

 

 

The WelfareThe Welfare
Brecon Road, Ystradgynlais, Swansea SA9 1JJ 01639 843163

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